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Thread: Motor Racing pics - my early years, 1964-71 ; Pukekohe Racetrack ;by - Roger Dowdingl

  1. #441
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post

    Did they hold an event in 1962 ?? - as mentioned in the article.
    - prior to the 1963 " New Zealand International Grand Prix ". in January.
    Not that I know about.

    A newspaper clipping I have states that "Sealing work on the New Zealand Grand Prix motor racing track at Pukekohe was completed on Monday afternoon." The clipping was dated December 26 so Monday would have been December 24th. With practice for the Grand Prix getting under way on Thursday January the 3rd and a race meeting being held at Mount Maunganui on December 29, it would not have been possible to arrange an event on the new track.

  2. #442
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    Pukekohe - the Paddock area - the sealed area in front of the Tote Building

    Believed to be in 1968; [ or 1967 ?? ] See notes 1969 !!
    Cars in the photo include Jack Nazer Escort Twincam, the Scott Wiseman E-Type Jaguar, with the high spoiler a Lotus Cortina and many others.
    Mini's Imps - a couple of Sport Racing cars, and is that the Dave Silcock Jaguar XK near the E-Type ?
    Names and details of other cars - please add to the thread.

    Photo from Bruce Dyer archives - unsure of the exact date.
    Looks like a good crowd. Is it a Grand Prix meeting !! ??.

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    Notes from Milan Fistonic in comment below post #444.

    " car numbers match up with it being the 1969 NZ GP meeting.
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    " 47 Bruce McLean Lotus Cortina
    37 Ross West Lotus 23B
    25 Scott Wiseman E Type Jaguar
    125 Baron Robertson Heron 1500
    74 Ted Dutch Hillman Imp
    63 Jack Nazer Escort Twin Cam

    I think the grey car next to Jack's white Escort is Ross Skinner's Supercharged Cortina. "
    Last edited by Roger Dowding; Yesterday at 02:39 AM. Reason: Milans comment added..

  3. #443
    I don't think that photo is the GP, not enough people on the Hill.

  4. #444
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfart View Post
    I don't think that photo is the GP, not enough people on the Hill.
    That was my first thought but the car numbers match up with it being the 1969 NZ GP meeting.

    47 Bruce McLean Lotus Cortina
    37 Ross West Lotus 23B
    25 Scott Wiseman E Type Jaguar
    125 Baron Robertson Heron 1500
    74 Ted Dutch Hillman Imp
    63 Jack Nazer Escort Twin Cam

    I think the grey car next to Jack's white Escort is Ross Skinner's Supercharged Cortina.

  5. #445
    Maybe one of the practice days? I was at the 69 one and at practice too. The hill was absolutely jam packed, as was all the way down to the hairpin, even the inside of the track looks sparse.
    Is that the Riley Lotus 19B between Ross West and Scott's E type?
    Last edited by Oldfart; 08-15-2022 at 03:12 PM.

  6. #446
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfart View Post
    Maybe one of the practice days? I was at the 69 one and at practice too. The hill was absolutely jam packed, as was all the way down to the hairpin, even the inside of the track looks sparse.
    Is that the Riley Lotus 19B between Ross West and Scott's E type?
    I thought it was Baron Robertson's Heron as the number looks like 25. He did use that number at earlier meetings, but with 25 on Wiseman's Jaguar, he took the number 125 at the GP. The fact that the number on the car hasn't been changed could indicate, as you say, that it's a practice day.

  7. #447
    Quote Originally Posted by Milan Fistonic View Post
    I thought it was Baron Robertson's Heron as the number looks like 25. He did use that number at earlier meetings, but with 25 on Wiseman's Jaguar, he took the number 125 at the GP. The fact that the number on the car hasn't been changed could indicate, as you say, that it's a practice day.
    I couldn't read the number, I was just looking at the colour. For me the heron was always at it's best when blue with Peter Ackroyd

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